On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. How about Reality Check, my first young adult novel and winner of the Edgar Award in that category? (I heard from a school librarian this week who hands it out to boys who hate reading.)

[“The best writer of psychological suspense around.”
– Laura Miller, Talk of the Nation, NPR]

Except for football Fridays, Cody Laredo’s favorite day of the school year was always the last. Now, May 30, final day of his sophomore year at County High, he sat in the back row of homeroom, waiting for the teacher – a sub he’d never seen before – to hand out the report cards. As long as there were no Fs – even one would make him ineligible for football in the fall, meaning summer school, an impossibility since he had to work – Cody didn’t care what was in the report card. He just wanted out.


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6 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:57 am on February 23rd, 2020

    I’ve always liked that title.

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:07 am on February 23rd, 2020


    Belle Starr: Grizz says it is very hard to get glitter out from between his teeth. :^)

    Make it a good day!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    5:20 pm on February 23rd, 2020

    Super Sunday to all.
    After 33 years teaching high school and middle school we recognize a student like that.
    We are enjoying Sunday’s beginnings. It’s almost as fun as Chetspeak.

  4. Thieves!
    8:55 pm on February 23rd, 2020

    Cody, pal, we feel your pain.

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on February 23rd, 2020

    Wheeze!….Busy day and then ending with laying on my friends lap getting yarn around my paws…grunt!…She says I should find somewhere else to lie about. I do not agree! I won’t get off!…sniff!…Have I ever growled when she has shoved me…maybe a little….Yeeep!….I will never growl again and I am still on her lap…heh!heh!…Plus I am actually part of the Jumper my friend is making….gah!

  6. Thieves!
    11:33 pm on February 23rd, 2020

    Rio: Riddle us this…why is it okay for youse to lie about, but Beau frowns upon us lying about things?

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